Pike Street XXXXX Stout - Pike Pub & Brewery
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2.42/5 rDev -39.8%
A: Pours pitch black, looks very very thick. Tan head, slight lacing
S: Smell is pretty complex. Coffee, chocolate roasted malt scents
T: Dark chocolate and coffee. Much too bitter
M: Full bodied, good amount of carbonation, smooth.
D: Complex smelling beer, however I could not stand the taste. I could barely choke it down, much too bitter, the taste reminded me of an asprin or some type of medicine disolving in your mouth, it was that bitter. I was pretty surprised with the reviews on this one, perhaps I got a bad pint of this one or a dirty glass or something. Would like to try this one again, from a bottle next time.
12-18-2006 01:03:44 | More by loren01
2.83/5 rDev -29.6%
Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Eric.
A: Pours a brown-ish black in the glass; not fully opaque, but it appears so in larger quantities. Nice brown head, though it retains poorly and leaves only a few streaks of lace.
S: Chocolate, with a hint of coffee and roasted grain.
T: Chocolate. Roasted grain contributes a slightly soured quality, with an anise / licorice undercurrent that rounds out the beer nicely. Not terribly complex, but serviceable and enjoyable. Not much in the way of hop flavor, but there is a nice bitterness that melds well with the roast.
M: Medium-bodied, with carbonation that is a tad high for the style. The body drops off on the finish; while it's not quite watery, it lacks a satisfactory close.
D: It's solid and serviceable. That's about it.
12-20-2010 07:05:04 | More by Arbitrator
2.83/5 rDev -29.6%
22 oz. bottle. Brewed to 1.073 with pale, crystal and roast; hopped to 65 IBUs with Chinook, Willamette and Goldings, and fermented with English ale yeast. Nice and black, with a dark tan head that leaves light lacing. Fruity, earthy and hoppy in the nose. Tastes of acidic and bitter charred malt, with citrusy and fruity hops. Quite bitter and very burnt, with a long roasted and charred finish on top of a thin, moderately-carbonated dry and chalky body. Easy enough to drink, but too light, harsh and acidic for a full recommendation.
05-10-2011 17:06:06 | More by mmmbeer
2.85/5 rDev -29.1%
This brew pours black. Well it's a stout what do you expect? It's black, it's dark and there are some ruby edges to it when the light is there. The head is thick and light brown.The aroma is weird. Where is this 4.15 rating coming from? Has some coffee notes but nothing standing out really. Body is on the thin side. Flavor is bitter and reminding me of that nasty Java Stout from Bells. Has some roasted malt flavors and more like spent coffee grinds in my opinion. The bottle reads "Limited Release" and let me tell you,it should be as limited as possible. Try again Pike.
12-31-2003 22:18:10 | More by BierReise
2.98/5 rDev -25.9%
Reviewed 10/23/2008 (bottle):
Pours a black colored body, watery looking, with a tan head, some good lacing. Has a strong aroma of some coffee, with some bitter coffee grounds. Has a coffee taste, some chocolate. Bitter chocolate. Pretty rough for me.
02-25-2009 15:22:10 | More by jujubeast6000
3/5 rDev -25.4%
Bottle courtesy of Tpaliga: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium brown foamy head with low retention but good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt is pretty dominant with some light coffee notes also noticeable. Taste is quite dry with limited chocolate and coffee note and a medium bitter finish. This is like an imperial take on a dry stout, which is probably not something that Ive really been looking for. Interesting but still way too dry for my taste buds.
12-08-2006 20:42:36 | More by Phyl21ca
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3/5 rDev -25.4%
The bottle claims "limited release: 2004 - 2005."
Very dark beer with light brown head which didn't stick around long for a stout. The sniff test managed to remind me of coffee, cream, cherry and liquorice. Tastes of an abundance of roasted malt. There is a really malty tang and smokiness, but no real coffee flavour (phew!). There is a hint of dairy and some welcome but ill defined hoppiness in the background. The feel isn't great. This doesn't slide down as smoothly as one expects a good stout to, especially since it only boasts 6% abv despite all those X's.
03-22-2005 09:44:11 | More by charlatan
3.1/5 rDev -22.9%
12oz bottle. English Pint Glass.
Dark pour, black - with a nice head and decent aroma at first. The smell mellows really fast - and you can barely smell it at all.
Taste is weak, like a carob or weak chocolate stout - with a lot of roasted flavor but lacking something bigger to make it stand out.
Low in alcohol, which is fnie, but low in overall flavor too.
I wish this had a bit more flavor to it, worth a shot though.
05-19-2006 14:59:15 | More by HimerMan
3.15/5 rDev -21.6%
22 OZ bottle with no date.
A- Poured into a pint glass leaving a one inch tan head that disappeared quickly. This stuff is like a black hole in a glass, totally opaque and almost pure black.
S-Malty, burnt toast and coffee.
T- Taste is one dimensional, some bittter roasted malt up front, and then more burnt tasting bitterness at the finish and maybe some licorice.
M- Mouthfeel doesn't match the pour which was thick looking and viscous; a bit thin for something called extra stout. It leaves a bitter chalky sensation at the end that lingers.
Nothing off about this beer, it is a vision of stout that seems focused on bitterness and color.
03-04-2012 00:26:22 | More by mschind
3.23/5 rDev -19.7%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.
A: Pours an oily jet-black, completely opaque. A one-finger brown head forms nicely but doesn't stick around for too long. I got a ton of spiderweb lacing in this one (left several distinct rings around the glass during session).
S: Smells of dark roasted coffee and black licorice, with brown sugar slightly noticeable. The smokiness from the dark malts cover up most of the other aromas.
T: I've heard of several issues with Pike beers and contamination, and I think I might have gotten a bad one. The most prominent flavors in the beer are black coffee and semisweet chocolate, although hints of stewed dark fruit are also present. However, this beer had an overpowering waxy bitterness to it that I almost couldn't handle. It killed the rest of the flavors in what could otherwise be a very enjoyable beer for me.
M: Medium to full-bodied on the palate, but goes down quite smoothly. The carbonation level is just right, and the ABV is completely masked by the flavors.
D: This beer is pretty subdued for its style and could be very drinkable for me if it wasn't for the off-putting bitterness. I will have to pick up another one of these and update my review to see if I just got an off-flavored beer.
06-19-2010 22:41:50 | More by charlesbyrd
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
grabbed a 22 oz of this from the Safeway near the Junction in West Seattle last month a couple of days after I moved here, pouring it now.
A: 1/2" brown sugar head, lacing that runs and hides when tilted, black as the night is long. absolutely no light penetrates this beer.
S: hickory, cocoa, vanilla, hazelnut, cherries. robust and intense with a sweetness hovering over, makes one eager to try.
T: mocha latte. no lie. good stout, not too sweet nor too bitter. on the other hand, the after taste has the waning around of flat coke and paint thinner. month too long to wait?
M: pretty flat and dry, robust eagerness fades away quickly. by the time you take another sip you realize the taste that lingers in your mouth is what you just put back inside to wash it away...flimsy character, short life.
O: wantaway stout that remains local because of it's ill-perceived stance in a relatively competitive category.
08-22-2011 23:56:43 | More by thatruth
3.3/5 rDev -17.9%
Nice pour, deep opaque black with an easy, thick creamy head that clings to the sides of the glass. It's not exactly long-lasting, but it never fully fades (ends up thin cream layer that's too thick for a film, but kind of like a like coat of moss or lichens). The aroma is a little weak, but roasty. The flavor is as strong as it should be but it dominated and unbalanced by too much burned bitterness. A bit of smokiness lingers underneath. The lack of balance makes this less than a joy to drink, but intriguing at the same time.
12-23-2002 23:23:26 | More by aracauna
3.33/5 rDev -17.2%
22 oz. bomber, courtesy of BA r0nyn. From 10/29 notes.
Poured into a Duvel tulip.
Fairly viscous and dark liquid with some areas of translucency. Good thin tan head above with some retention and spotted lacing. Aromas was majority towards barley and breakfast malt- very bready-oriented on the nose. There was also a good amount of some dark chocolate notes, which complemented the malt very well.
Taste mirrored the aromas phase by phase. Began with a substantial malt/barley foundation with some roasted coffee and dark chocolate sweetness, which was very thoroughly noticeable. And towards the end, the flavors end on a faint charred burnt flavor and thin astringency. Textbook stout overall.
Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation and was incredibly easy to drink. Complexity is definitely not needed in this beer, as the flavors were readily identifiable and tasted well throughout. If this is available around you, this bottle is easily a candidate for a nice session. We all enjoyed this one pretty well. eXXXcellent. (ha!)
10-30-2010 22:48:35 | More by infi
3.35/5 rDev -16.7%
Relatively new beer for us -- 22oz bottles for only $3.99...
A: Poured the beer into a nice brandy snifter -- really dark color with a nice tan head. Lasts a few minutes or so, leaving a pretty white lacing.
S: Initially you are hit with huge amounts of roasted, burnt malt. Brown sugar, molasses and coffee soon follow. As the beer warms, there is a huge amount of smoke that eventually emerges -- similar to a peppered bacon. Bittersweet chocolate or cocoa round out the aroma.
T&M: Full bodied, but very, very smooth. This stout has a nice creamy finish. It is sweet, but the hop bitterness certainly rounds out the palate. I am left with unsweetened chocolate, weak coffee, and liquid smoke. Rich and round, with full flavor and a nice finish.
I like this beer, but I'm not wowed by it. It tastes like every other Extra Stout I've ever had. I dare say that most people would have a huge problem trying to decide what is what in a contest between Pike's and Guinness Extra Stout. Nonetheless, it is a good, solid beer, and I'll buy it again.
11-26-2010 01:26:58 | More by IceTrey9785
Pike Street XXXXX Stout from Pike Pub & Brewery
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